February 4-5, 2010, Beijing, China


Meeting Venue:
Microsoft Research Asia
5F, Beijing Sigma Center No.49,
Zhichun Road, Haidian District
Beijing, China

Accommodation Venue:
Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian
Tower 1, 25 Yuanda Road,
Haidian District, Beijing, China


Microsoft Research Asia cordially invites you to attend the Microsoft Research Asia eHealth Workshop 2010 in Beijing, China on Feb 4-5.

Increasing adoption of technology is expected to transform healthcare delivery in the coming decade.  The revolution in healthcare services is being driven by several emerging trends:

 ● Need for increased effectiveness and efficiency
    ·In every major nation, need exceeds available healthcare budget.  Better     technologies that further improve and extend people’s quality of life barely     keep pace with rising expectations for ever-improving healthcare.  There is a     need to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare     delivery.

 ● Utilizing technology to collect data and improve health
    ·Currently there is a data imbalance: people have lots of data collected when     they enter the hospital, but except for annual health exams, very little data is     collected on a routine ongoing basis.  However, there is much room to improve     awareness and behavior in support of a healthier lifestyle via more powerful     and sophisticated devices and sensors.
    ·Technology is especially useful for aging societies, where more and more     elderly people live alone and need help to maintain their wellbeing.

● Enhancing doctors’ effectiveness by tapping computer’s analytic abilities
    ·Computers are being tapped to help analyze, display and visualize the myriad     types of data that are being captured for healthcare.

Microsoft Research Asia’s eHealth Workshop 2010 will provide a forum for researchers from multiple disciplines to meet and exchange research results and to foster collaboration. The workshop will include Microsoft Research updates on selected research developments and activities, presentations of best practices from university faculty members, poster session, group discussions, and exciting demos. We welcome invited speakers and invited poster presenters to present their current research in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

Data Mining 
With the wealth of health related data that is being stored and processed, there is great potential to apply data mining technology to medical data coming from electronic health records, personal biological data, and aggregated community data to extract valuable knowledge.  We are seeking researchers who are studying novel data mining techniques that may be applicable to detecting trends and facilitating discoveries in large medical databases.

Mobile Devices / Sensors
Mobile phones and wearable sensors can be applied to capture the health status of the user.  Research in novel ways of utilizing mobile devices and sensors to capture biological status such as level of activity, blood pressure, heartbeat, glucose level, and other vital signals are of interest to the greater community.

Natural Language Processing
Medical knowledge and patient histories are stored in free-text form in medical records.  Application of natural language technology will allow for extraction of key information from the records and turn text into actionable knowledge.  The workshop welcomes research in the area of patient record de-identification, named entity extraction, and text classification and summarization in the medical domain.

Signal Processing
Signal data ranging from time series such as EKG tracks to medical imaging data are growing at a tremendous rate as the ability to capture and record them improves. Research in the areas of medical image enhancement, object recognition, anomaly detection and medical time series analysis are of interest to this workshop.

Data Visualization
New ways to visualize and manipulate vast quantities of data will be of great value to both researchers and practitioners.  We are interested in researchers working on novel ways of displaying and/or interacting with medical data.

Medical Imaging
With the continuing advancement in medical imaging technology, the opportunity to apply computing technology to medical images to help doctors access, analyze and process medical images becomes ever greater. The rapid digitization of medical imaging makes advanced algorithms to enhance and interpret medical images for preventive care possible. Medical imaging techniques such as ultrasound for pre-natal care and mammogram have already made great impact in healthcare. We look forward to sharing and exchange of knowledge on new technologies that are being studied both in image acquisition and processing.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Microsoft Research Asia eHealth Workshop 2010!

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